Friends of Fisher House – Illinois Partners 1st Benefit at Chicago Country Western Mecca Joe's Bar, Nets Almost $11,000 in Sponsor Support & Ticket Sale Donations For 2010 Chris Young Benefit Concert

A portion of each ticket sale of the over 500 attendees at the Fall 2010 Benefit was donated by Joe's Bar to Friends of Fisher House – Illinois (FOFH-IL) to help support Illinois' first $5.7 Million Fisher House on Hines VA Hospital grounds.

One of Country Western's best-selling new male artists, Chris Young, performed October 15, 2010 at popular Joe's Bar on Weed Street at a benefit to support non-profit Friends of Fisher House – Illinois' (FOFH-IL) humanitarian assistance to military families facing medical crises.

"I am a huge supporter of the military and I love playing at Joe's. This combines two of my favorite things," according to Chris Young.

Ed Warm, Joe's Bar General Manager adds, "We are truly impressed by the amazing $5.7-million Fisher House for military families on Hines VA Hospital grounds. This 'home away from home' has provided free lodging to over 280 military families and veterans since its March opening. Our management is committed to helping ensure all military families receive this help with all of their everyday needs provided as they support their loved ones undergoing medical treatment at Hines VA polytrauma center."

According to volunteer, non-profit FOFH-IL President Betty Stamatis who previously coordinated the drive to raise construction funds, "We are proud and thrilled to have the support of Joe's Bar and Chris Young. Joe's Bar has generously donated a portion of ticket sales to our humanitarian mission.

"We are already planning our second Country Western in partnership with Joe's Bar. Watch for details in October 2011."

Anonymous Sponsors and on-site cash donors gave $8,131 to the benefit.

Photography Courtesy of Harry Theodore

Chris Young


A Foot-Stompin' Good Time Was Had by All at FOFH-IL's 1st Country Western Benefit Headlining Chris Young
a true crowd pleaser with his enthusiasm and rich vocals. "I am a huge supporter of the military and I love playing at Joe's. This combines two of my favorite things," according to Chris Young. Fans arrived from as far as Wisconsin for this Benefit concert by one of Country Western's best-selling new male artists.

A Quick Meet Before a Great Performance FOFH-IL Vice President Joel Heffernan (l), Chair of the non-profit's first Country Western Benefit at Joe's Bar, pauses for a group shot with Chris Young (center), Betty Stamatis, FOFH-IL President, and Harry Theodore, FOFH-IL Co-Vice President/Communications.
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Manning the FOFH-IL Booth at Joe's Bar Country Western Benefit to Spread Word About Our Mission are (l-r) Bonnie Chattler, Treasurer; Sue Paulsen, Director; and Lisa Mariottini, Executive Secretary. Thank You Joe's Bar FOFH-IL Vice President Joel Heffernan (r) thanks Joe's Bar and General Manager Ed Warm for staging a fantastic program and donating close to $3,000 to Friends of Fisher House – Illinois mission to support military families during medical crises.


Military Families Express Heartfelt Appreciation

Fisher House is a Godsend. So many of us want to be with our family members but can’t always afford it with the cost of travel, lodging and food. Thanks to Fisher House we can!

What a blessing! The Fisher House has relieved me of so much stress. Don’t know what I would have done.

This is such a great opportunity for families of veterans affected by war and illness. It warms my heart to see the government, community, families and those who serve out nation working together for the greater good.

The place is more than just a place to sleep. It’s just like your second home.

My grandmother and I stayed at the Fisher House to keep my father company during his long treatment/recovery… If not for this home, my father would have been a sad and lonely man.

…The Fisher House provides peace of mind for the patient as well as their family…the manager and staff are a true blessing…

Military Families Hosted

Number of Military Families Hosted: 8,800